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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Many One Fingers

So it is not necessary for it to be always one finger. This is all right [raising two fingers[[laughs, laughter]. This is all right, too [laughs] [raising three, four, five fingers,]. But people may get confused [laughs], so Tenryu just always pointed out one finger. So, you know, if he is tired out-- tired of sitting, he may [laughs, laughter] do like this [your guess]. That is also, you know, one finger. If, you know, this one finger means something, it may be two fingers, or three fingers, or many fingers, not one finger. Because this one finger can be various things, according to the situation, we call it the true one finger.  -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-12-A as found on Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC